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Lyne Marshall: Betwixt and Between mixed media.
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The team at the Manning Regional Art Gallery have been busy preparing for two new exhibitions which kick offthis Thursday, March 2, including theSaltwater Freshwater Aboriginal Art Awardand LyneMarshall’sRE:Location.

Clem Ritchie: Two Camps acrylic on canvas.

As a unique art competition, the Saltwater Freshwater Aboriginal Art Award aims to promote Aboriginal art from its local region.

The Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance invites Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who reside in the Worimi, Biripi, Birpai, Dhungutti and Gumbaynggirr nations to enter this annual award and this exhibition will display the finalists for 2017.

MidCoast Council’s acting art gallery directorRachel Piercyis excited to have these fabulous works on display.

“This is the first year this exhibition has toured and we’re pleased that we can showcase the diverse range of artworks for the community to enjoy,”said Rachel.

Lyne Marshall’sRE:Locationexhibition is a project based on relocation.

Initially basedaround the story of her own ancestors emigrating to Australia in the 1800s, she also investigated the past and present inhabitants of our land.

As part of this travelling exhibition, Lyne has placed ‘Art Pods’ in 10 locations in the lands of her ancestors in Ireland and Scotland and she will now also place these pods in locations on the Mid North Coast.

The Manning Regional Art Gallery pods are now in public areas and while hidden, are easily located with no digging required.

If found, please take one artwork, leave a message if you like and replace the pod. The location of the pods can be found at the gallery with clues and GPS location coordinates.

TheSaltwater Fresh Water Aboriginal AwardandRE:Locationwill officially open with an event from2pmonSaturdayMarch 4 where you can expect nibbles, wine and a guided tour of the exhibition. Entry to the opening is $10 or $7 for Friends of the Gallery (FOGs) members.

These exhibitions will run from this Thursday March 2 to SundayApril 2 and will be open during normal gallery hours fromWednesdaytoSaturday10am to 4pmandSunday1pm to 4pm. Visit梧桐夜网manningregionalartgallery南京夜网419论坛for more information.

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EYE Of The World couldcause an upset at double figure odds and win the $50,000 Port Lincoln Cup at Ravendale Racecourse on Friday.
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PREPARED: Going for a dip before the cup was Ronnie Bell on Hard At It, Tyson Bird-Balek on Spalding Cove and Darryl Carrison on Rooboy.

The Brian Lear-trained seven-year-old has done everything right here in his three runs since transferring from the Hayes-Dabernig stable.

Weighted well he gets the favours from the inside gate (unlike recent starts) with the expected early speed battle of Ustinov’s Fury and Rooboy.

On an each-way basis he is the top selection.

Ustinov’s Fury and Rooboy are both out and out leaders and expect fireworks early.

Montalto has found her true form as she gets up in trip.

Atruly run race will see her strong late and Hard At It is a must include on his prelude run.

Tips: Eye Of The World 1, Ustinov’s Fury 2, Montalto 3, Hard At It 4.

Race 1 -Maiden 1210m

Punters can get the money early with Phantom Date the best bet on the card.

The Mick White-trained four-year-old was terrific on debut when he chased hard, just failed to pick up Washerwoman.

The wide barrier is a slight concern but this one is smart and can do work in the run and still win.

The Darryl Carrison pair Insky and Halls Bay finished alongside Phantom Date in that same maiden and must be respected.

Tips: Phantom Date 1*, Halls Bay 2, Insky 3.

Race 2 – Benchmark 56 1390m

Letsava Win looks ideally placed for the Will Clarken stable.

The son of Savabeel closed off nicely when fresh at Morphetville and will prove too good to this lot.

Casino Exit and Sandhill Jett are place chances.

Tips: Letsava Win 1, Sandhill Jett 2, Casino Exit 3.

Race 3–Benchmark 56 1390m

Tough race so it might be good time to visit the buffet. Heza Gunn has raced well this season and can measure up against these limited older horses.

Look for Tassie to be ridden forward and give a sight.

Tips: Heza Gunn 1, Tassie 2, More Than Most 3.

Race 4 – Benchmark 64 1750m

Artful Diva could have been competative in the Port Lincoln Cup so she goes in as top pick in this. There looks enough early tempo for her to unwind late.

Joseph Arnold hardest to beat with Savanero next best.

Tips: Artful Diva 1, Joseph Arnold 2, Savanero 3.

Race 5 – Benchmark 64 1390m

Point Drummond can mix his form but going on his dominant last start win you have to include him in the main chances, especially if the rail is the place to be.

Heza Hussler, Divadebeer and Copper Coast Raider are racing well locally.

Wind Spirit and Bel Streak (threefrom threeat this track) are also winning chances in a high quality benchmark 64 event.

Tips: Point Drummond 1, Heza Hussler 2, Wind Spirit 3.

Race 6 – Benchmark 64 1000m

Tintagel Rocker has 62 kilograms to contend with but if he ends up in the one-one position in the run you would haveto give him a chance to bring up the hat-trick.

Nippy Lippy and Heavens Flight are consistent local performers while Geordie’s Second and Bold Senator could be blowouts if the track is racing favourably and they can pinch a break on the home turn.

Tips: Tintagel Rocker 1, Bold Senator 2, Nippy Lippy 3.

Race 7 – Flying 1210m

Debeersonus returns to his home track and won’t know himself with only 54kg on his back.The Simon Drewitt-trained seven-year-old has only missed a place once in 17 starts at this track. Each-way all day.

Hank’s Nephew, Killawarra, Propshaft and Black Barra draw the inside four gates. Who gets the luck will decide their fate.

Tips: Debeersonus 1, Killawarra 2, Propshaft 3.

Race 9 – Benchmark 60 1210m

The get-out stakes, the final race of the Port Lincoln season, sees exciting three-year-old Galaxy Falls return after a freshen up. He will have to be at his best giving the older horses weight.

Looking for value to get out of trouble or pay for dinner at the pub leads us to Rocky Valley.

Tips: Rocky Valley 1, Galaxy Falls 2, Dazzling Lilly 3.

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A man has been charged after exposing himself and acting indecentlyon a train nearParramatta.
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Police said the man was seen exposing himself and committing an indecent acton a train between Westmead and Parramatta Railway Station.

It is believed the incident took placed at about 11.50pm on Thursday, February 16.

Officers from the Transport Command’s Operation Artemis were notified and began investigations into the incident.

Following the investigation, officers attached to North West Police Transport Command charged a man, 43, with willful and obscene exposure on Tuesday, February 28. He is due to appear atParramattaLocal Court on Wednesday, April 12.

Toongabbie house fire appealPolice are investigating a house fire in Toongabbie.

Emergency services were called to Lamonerie Street at about12.30pm on Sunday, February 26,following reports of a house fire.

The blaze was extinguished a short time later by Fire and Rescue crews.

Nearby residents were evacuated as a precaution.The home was unoccupied at the timeand nobody was injured.

The roof of the house was significantly damaged.

Police said the cause of the fire still to be determined but there are reports a hydroponic set up was found in the house. Anyone with informationis encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on1800 333 000.

Mother and daughter found safeA mother and herdaughter have been found afterbeing reported missing over the weekend. Police said the woman, 31,and girl, 6, were last seen at a shopping complex on the corner of McFarlane and Pitt Streets on Friday, February 25.

Holroyd policewere alerted and began an search to find the pair.

Following a search, police located the woman and child safe and well during a vehicle stop in Merrylands justbefore 11.30am on Monday, February 27.

They were taken to Merrylands police station, where the woman is currently assisting police. Police thank the media and the community for their assistance.

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AWI Chair Wal Merriman told the Senate estimates committee it would be “terrific” if the WoolPoll tour was replaced with a simply phone call and postal letter to levy payers. “The circus has come to town,” Queensland NationalsSenator Barry O’Sullivan chimed during a Senate Estimates hearing scrutinising Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) expenditure.
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This set the argy-bargy tone between NSWLiberal DemocraticSenator David Leyonhjelm who fired the main questions to AWI’s chief executive Stuart McCullough about the industry group’s spending on the delivery of the WoolPoll – a three-yearly vote by woolgrowers on their levy contribution.

The last WoolPoll held in 2015 cost levy payers about $660,000, more than $15 for each of the 43,000 eligible woolgrowers voters.

While more than 20 forums were held across the country in the lead-up to the last WoolPoll, just 50.68 per cent of votes were lodged.

This reportedly marked the lowest number of votes in five WoolPolls.

AWI chairman Wal Merriman said majority of the spending was required to adhere to the statutory funding regulations.

“Stuart (McCullough) and I and a couple of others get in a car and we might drive 500 mile to meet 20 people, it is ridiculous,” Mr Merriman said.

He said in the past 12 months AWI had met with the Woolgrowers Industry Consultative Committee(ICC) to discuss extending the period between votes to four years.

Senator Leyonhjelmquestioned why extending the period between WoolPolls was a higher priority for AWI than driving down costs.

“If you went to woolgrowers and said this is a very expensive exercise therefore we should extend the period between WoolPolls, I’d question if that would be an appropriate approach if you haven’t done everything you can to lower the cost of the WoolPoll,” Senator Leyonhjelm said.

AWI Chair Wal Merriman at Senate estimates hearings in Canberra.

“If you are satisfied two-thirds of those costs are necessary in order to achieve levy payer democracy, do you think you’d get a sympathetic ear form the government in terms of legislating to reduce those obligations?

“How much are you locked into in terms of those costs and how much is because you think you need to do these things – because of historical or traditional reasons.”

In response to Senator Leyonhjelm’s “worst case” suggestion of a phone call and voting slip in the mail, Mr Merriman said “if that is all you wish, that’s terrific, we’d be happy”.

While online voting has been an option for the past two polls, Mr McCullough said AWI were pursuing greater digital communication to decrease costs.

“Two-thirds of those costs are regulatory requirements and one-thirdis things we choose do,” Mr McCullough said.

“We see it as a big figure but we like the fact there is a WoolPoll every three years (and) we like the fact there is a zero option every three years.

“Is it a reasonable figure? … it is a hell of an expense.”

He said costs, which had been reduced from over $1 million in past years, were a factor in wanting to hold the levy vote every four years.

“We would naturally prefer a four year cycle – costs does play into that thinking,” he said.

“We haven’t pushed this on the (Agriculture) Department vigorously or the minster for that matter.”

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RUBBISH: Ray and Robyn McMillan cleaning up on Wednesday. Picture: SuppliedOne of Kiama’s best-loved beaches now has a Landcare group of its own.
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Jones Beach Landcare has been formedto manage the popular coastal strip.

Co-ordinator Mark Hume said the group was being formed to work on the sand dune and beach areas.

“The priorities at this stage are to remove rubbish and weeds from the dune area of the beach, starting around the Kiama Downs Surf Club,” Mr Hume said.

“We’d love to get help from people who have an interest in cleaning up the Jones Beach area and can spare a few hours once or twice a month.”

Kiama council’s director of engineering and worksGino Belsitosaid council was supporting the new group as part of its long-term plans for Jones Beach.

“We are providing logistical support such as helping dispose of the rubbish, weeds and dead vegetation that they will be removing,” Mr Belsito said.

Residents interested in joining the group should contact Mr Hume on 0417 299 209.

Meanwhile, the Kiama Greens have questioned Beach Care Kiama’s (a separate entity to theLandcare group)claims regarding modification of Jones Beach’sdune structure and vegetation and the impact of sand dune vegetation on beach safety.

The Greens claim that while storm damage can leave a beach less usablefor surfers and swimmers until it repairs itself over time,“that is not a reason toremove vegetation anddunes to create a perfect flat sandy surf beach”.

“It’s important to understand the role this vegetation plays in protecting residents’homes and providing ecosystem services,” Warren Holder, spokesperson for Kiama Greens said.

“Reforming the dune by removing vegetation at the front of the scarped dune at Jones Beach to reinstate low growing spinifex…could change the dune structure and contribute to dune retreat.

“It would be wiser to replant these grasses when this area re-establishes itselfnaturally.”

Kiama councillor Mark Way, a long-time resident who has been surfing at Jones Beach since the 1970s, said he wished to return the beach to its “glory days” of“a wide, open beach”.

“What we need to do there is really put the right sort of vegetation in. There’s been a lot of inappropriate planting which has led to a virtual jungle that is marching down the beach.

“Some of the coastal wattles that have been planted there just don’t do it these days.The hardcore Greens are quite irrational in saying we want to get rid of all the vegetation, and it’s just not on. It’s just a matter of having the right sort of vegetation there.”

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COMPETITION: Win one of 25 group passes for Nitro Circus | Video TweetFacebookRead the story and answer the four questions below to be in the draw for one of 25 group passes (four tickets) to Nitro Circus’ Dubbo show. The winners will be selectedWednesday, March 8.
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When you’ve done 10,000 backflips, Nitro Circus athlete Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams said they start to be a lot less scary.

Mr Williams is one of 25 athletes who will soon be in Dubbo for the Nitro Circus Live Regional Rampage Tour. The group has been performing in New Zealand, is currently in Japan, and will spend 12 weeks travelling across Australia, kicking off with their Dubbo show on March 11.

The freestyle motocross athlete has been with Nitro with the very first show in 2010. Out of the 250 shows the group has since performed, Mr Williams said he had been in about 230 of them.

“It’s just a great bunch of friends. We get to travel the world and do what we do with a bunch of mates. It can be brutal and sometimes you see your mates get carted off in an ambulance, but I’m doing what I love and living the dream,” Mr Williams said.

He’s seen a few things change during the past seven years, Mr Williams said.

“For me personally I’ve sort of settled down a bit. I used to go for broke. I wouldn’t say my riding is any less spectacularbut I’m not out there trying to do double backflips,” hesaid.

He may say that his settled down, but Mr Williams’ firsts include the cliffhanger flip and the Flying Dutchman. After conquering some seriously hard tricks, the athlete said the backflip combinations were some of the most difficult to learn.

“You can do them in the foam pit and come off, but if you crash that one into dirt you don’t really get up and dust yourself off. It’s not like you just say ‘I’m going to do that trick and you get it’,” he said.

His favourite part of the show? The Nitro Bomb.

“You’re side by side with about nine bikes and it’s all synchronised perfectly. When you’re doing a backflip in the air it’s pretty good to look behind you and see the other guys and the crowd,” Mr Williams said.

The freestyle motocross rider said he had been enjoying some time off, but was pumped to start the Australian tour with some of the best crowds in the world.

“The Americans don’t get up out of their seats and cheer. Australian audiences are the best, New Zealand is second. South Africa is pretty crazy, they were cheering so loud,” he said.

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WHETHER you like it or not, the future of jobs, business and the world as we know it, ischanging.
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So it makes sense that we would need to change the way we teach, and learn, to stay at the cutting edge.

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) has recognised these changing timesand didnot want our kids to be left behind.

In a major overhaul of the High School Certificate syllabus outlinedlast week, NESA announced an approach to education with more “rigour and depth”, which would equip students with the skills they need to be successful in the real world.

Feedbackfrom more than 7000 academics, teachers and students on the subject changes was also taken into account when determining the changes.

It’s what you could call a “back to basics” approach – it’sremoving information that can not be translated to everyday life and bringing in skills such as writing and comprehension, and revised mathematics, that could potentially meanthe difference between obtaining employment, orbeing left behind.

It was a decision that was applauded by many, but it also came under intense scrutiny from parent groups and advocates, many who were concerned that teachers would only have about three terms to get their head around changes to major subjects.

The syllabus is expected to be implemented for year 11 students from next year.

Concerns were also raised about inconsistencies in teaching methods, with a basic approach to English but a futuristic approach to subjects including maths, modern history and physics.

In Tamworth on Tuesday, the man at the centre of the change, David de Carvalho spoke about the role regional centres would play in implementing this change and he relied on the feedback ofour local school principals and teachers to ensure the changes are beneficial for kids into the future.

Mr de Carvalho said the changes to the HSC were part of a special focus on students mastering core components of their subjects, in preparedness for what they would need for the rest of their lives.

If change and innovation means our children will go on to be successful, well rounded people, and indeed positive community members, then we should be all for it.

After all, if children are our future, they need to be prepared for what’sahead.

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EAGLE ROCK: Dubbo’s Matt McIntyre celebrates Jay Porter’s game-winning shot in the Golden Eagle final at Orange City last week. Photo: JUDE KEOGHORANGE CITY WOMENThere was a wonderful roll up on Tuesday. Lyn Heaton from near Bundaberg came and had a social game with our ladies.
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The two Orange City No.4 Pennant teams Gold and Blue played each other with the Gold team winning. On Wednesday the Gold team plays Manildra at Molong and the Blue team travels to Millthorpe.

At the moment the Pennants scores are:Manildra 4, Millthorpe 12, Orange City Gold 19 and Orange City Blue 5.

President Lynne welcomed Junette McRae, Nita Bowers, Dianna Whiteley and Helen Giumelli back to bowls, also Lena Cornish to afternoon tea. Lovely to see these ladies back, also a happy birthday to Junette.

The men’s umpire convenerwill be at the Orange City Bowling club on Friday, March 3to give a talk on the rules of bowls. Everyone is invited to attend this meeting.

The Golden Eagle held last week was a great success. The final was a very exciting match. Thank you to all the ladies who helped with raffles and 100 Clubs, and also with the umpiring. The Eagle will be celebrating its 50th birthday next year.

Entries for the Veteran’s Day to be held on May 24 are closed and all information has been sent to the District president regarding badges. Majellan Gala Day is being held on Wednesday, March 8.

Newstead President’s Day is being held on Thursday, March 23, president Lynne will be taking a team to this event. March 15 is the first round of the District Singles at Molong.

Saturday, March 25 mixed bowls will be held at Orange City. Please put your names on the board. Women $5 and a plate, thank you.

District Flyers for Open Fours, Senior Fours and District Triples are on the board for you to enter your teams. District Pairs entries are now closed.

On Tuesday March 21, all proceeds of our day, green fees, raffles, 100 Club etc. will be donated to the cause of Ovarian Cancer.

Orange City Women’s Bowling Club will be entering a team in Relay for Life, so anyone who is interested in joining us please see secretary Jean and a roster will be done for this day.

The first round of the Novices competition was played on Wednesday.

Winners of the Social Bowls on Tuesday were Nita Bowers and Marianne Boers. Raffle winners were Violet Burton, Marianne Boers. 100 Club winners Margo Fairbairn, Yoka Smith and Violet Burton. Until next Tuesday keep well and happy.

ORANGE CITY MENFirstly the men’s committee would like to congratulate the winners of the 2017 Golden Eagle – Matthew McIntyre and Jay Porter and Bob Hamilton and John Mobbs for making the final and only missing out on the title by just twoshots.

On Wednesday evening we have twilight bowls as well as Thursday afternoon men’s bowls.

This Saturday we have a semi-final of the club major singles, with Mick Stevens taking on Mario Ruggiero at 1pm.

Sunday also sees the start of the pennant season. We have three very good sides this year to contest the No.5, No.6 and No.7 grades:

No.5v Lithgow at Orange City: K Carr, R Coyte, I Carr and S May. N Wilson, B Riley, J Quinn and D May.R Wilson, M Ruggiero, A Harman M Stevens.

No.6 v Country Club at Orange City:R Knott, B Cox, G Morgan and B Roberts. R Gentles, W Carr, G Setobn and N Seton. T Ruggiero, R May, B Warren and S Dunn.

No.7 v Country Club at Orange City: B Keogh, G Bradley, R Hutchinson and P Knight. D Ellis, G Pro, R Fisher and T Crowhurst. P Lewis, B Harvey, B Offner and D Greatbatch.

Can all players please tick there name for availability on the board at the club by Saturday 1pm at the very latest. If you are unavailable please notify one of the selectors.

COUNTRY CLUB MENResults from round one of the Major Singles last Saturday:

Peter Lange came back from 15-0 early, eventually drawing level with Garry Pearce at 30-30 and then taking two shots in the final end. Great game.

Tom Leonard beat Paul Ruggiero 31-13 and Ben Callaway beat Ron Hartley 31-5.

The raffle was won by Ian Davidson with the lucky bowler Ben Callaway, the jackpot was not won.

Last Tuesday Social Bowls had 48 players and two of the raffles won by Mario Ruggiero and one by Sam Beasley with the lucky bowlers Copper Schmich, Barnie Offner and Nev Seaton. Unlucky bowlers Kel Howarth, Ron Hartley and Dick Turnbull with the consolation to Tony Bowers, Reg Gentles and Peter Lange, the jackpot was won by Keith Lamont, Don Crawford and Tom Leonard.

Last Tuesday Major Singles game was played and Clint Gamble beat Peter Griffith 31-28.

Next Saturday’s games:

Round twoof Minor Singles Keith Lamont v Trevor Ormsby marker James Kemp, John Cooper v Jeff Burtenshaw marker Garry Pearce.

Round oneof Major Singles game is Mark Baker v John Dunn marker Peter Wright and round two Doug Hillier v Phil Knight marker Allan Blake and Joe Powyer v Ron Dunn marker Clint Gamble.

Players are encouraged to arrange games earlier and advise Jim and all championship games are play or forfeit. Major Pairs Nominations closeMarch 5, please nominate.

To nominate individuals or teams every week ring Peter Baker 0427 631 013 before noon Tuesday play starts at 12.30pm and also Saturday by 12.30pm as play starts at 1pm – mufti dress and visitors are welcome.

Please note changes to Pennant team selections for first round onMarch 5 –all teams to meet at 12.15pm:

No. 4 v Majellan at Country Club: Ben Callaway, Gary Farrell, Joe Powyer, Paul Ruggiero (manager)and Mark Baker, Reg Robinson, Peter Griffith, Peter Lange and Andrew Blimka, Glen Robinson, Matt Gamble and Martin Rickards.

No.6 v Orange City at Orange City: Ian Davidson, Phil McGarity (manager), Phil Knight, Greg Murray and Ron Dunn, John Dunn, Ron Hartley, Peter Baker and Tom Leonard, Warren Rodis, Roy Leonard, Cec Leabeater.

No.7 v Orange City at Orange City:Peter Wright, Dick Turnbull, Rob George, Jeff Burtenshaw and Neil Higgins (manager)Clint Gamble, Jim Finn, Trevor Ormsby and Jim Watson, Doug Hillier, John Cooper and Reiss Robinson.

Reserves who are expected to be at Orange City Bowling Club to cover any unexpected vacancies and to support our teams, with club gear and twobowls available at short notice:Garry Pearce, James Kemp, Bob Jenkins, Michael Roach and Aub Leonard and if any player is unavailable please contact selector coordinatorJohn Cooper on0400 923 750.

Nomination sheet is on the noticeboard for the travelling bowlers visit to West Dubbo Bowling Easter Carnival on April 14, 15 and 16,contact Peter on the above number if interested.

CANOBOLAS DISTRICT WOMENOrange City Blue defeated Manildra/Molong 5-0 on February 16, deferred from February 1. The round one table is:Manildra/Molong 4, Orange City Blue 5, Millthorpe 7, Orange City Gold 14. In round two Millthorpe defeatedManildra/Molong 5-0. Well done.

MANILDRAThe semi-finals of the club Singles were played on Sunday with Iain Campbell and Graham Fliedner moving through to play in the final. Iain beat Troy Williams while Graham beat Mark Gosper.

Pennants start this week, teams:

No.4 at Wallerawang, skip arranging transportleaving 7.15am for 10am start:G Smith, I Campbell, G Gosper, T Bennett, A Gosper, S Ball, A Regan, G Fliedner, R Hughes, A Campbell, N Kurta, B Allcorn. Manager D Cross.

No.6 at Parkes, skip arranging transport leaving 11.30am: B Gosper, T Williamson. T Williams, G Pallier, G Trevena, S Pallier, M Amberge, T Allcorn, C Williamson, S Trevena, S Gosper, B Fliedner. Manager B Fliedner.

Friday twilight winners this week: Kim Campbell, Dot Williamson and Andrew Gosper, runners up were Greg Trevena, Sam Pallier and Dan Mullins. Sat night winners were Sam Pallier, Legs Hartis and Di Fliedner, runners up Dot Williamson, Paul Trevena and Troy Williams.

The Saturday night Corner to Corner was not won and the jackpot now stands at $680.

NEWSTEADLast Wednesday we hadonly 14 social players enjoy a great afternoon of bowls an the Country Club.The winning rink was won by Norm Rosser, Ron Kelly and Col Rosser while the losing rink was won by Bob Ridgewell and Carl Jaeger.

The raffles on the day were won by Martin Klein, and Bob Ridgewell.

Pennants teams v Cumnock at Molong on Sunday, March 5:

No.1: Garry Norton, Grant Taylor, Pat Neiuwendyk and Wayne Uren.

No.2: Mick Wicks, Bob Cleal, Noel Elbourne and Col Townsend.

No.3: Ian Hatswell, Barry O’Donnell, Ken Bevan and Roger Annis-Brown.

For any unavailabilityplease ring Noel Elbourne on 0429 378 728. Reserves are Simon Tasker, Toby Wright, Tony Jordan, Steve Osmore, Neville Bartimote and John Schmich.

Transport from Orange to Molong is available and a bus will leave the Robin Hood Hotel car park on Sunday at 11.30am.

All bowlers looking for a friendly social game are welcome each Wednesday. Just ring the Country Club before 11.30am.

MOLONGThe following are the Molong Pennant teams for this weekend.

No.2v Cowra at Molong 10am: R Hamilton, S Shannon (Jnr), J Diduszko, W Whiteley. K Beatty, G Miller,B Diduszko, C Troth. R Cochrane, G Campbell, G Miller, K Nicholls.

No.5 v Gulgong at Molong 1pm: G Weekes, M Wright, J Beatty, R Halep. S Shannon (Snr), I Gosper, J Keiran, L O’Neil. P Russell, G Wilson, D Byrne, F Miller.

No.6vCondo at Condobolin (via bus): M Lyons, L Brown, B Atkinson, A Ford. T Lyons, P Brown, P Mullins, R Kirby G Russell, T Salcole, L Neil, TBA

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Voice of youth: Ben Wohlfiel, Genevieve Gregory and Hannah Smith are receptive to the idea of a youth council for Murray Bridge high schoolers. Photo: Peri Strathearn.
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Murray Bridge’s high schoolers will soon get more say in council decisions that affect them.

The rural city is looking to form a youth council that could advocate for school-aged young people, give feedback on relevant proposals, and come up with ideas about how to get youth involved in the community.

Participants will receive traning and mentoring, support from council staff when it came to minute-keeping and funding applications, and invitations to official functions.

Five year 10 and 11 students from Murray Bridge High School, three from Unity College and two from Tyndale Christian School will be involved.

Motivational speaker Nathan Hulls will visit each school to give a presentation on leadership, personal development and making a difference, and to invite students to get involved, in the near future.

Three Murray Bridge High students told The Standard they were encouraged by the idea.

“It’s pretty good because we get to have a say in what happens in the community, it’s not just made by the political community,” said Genevieve Gregory.

“They want to train us up so we fill their footsteps.”

Giving youth a voice would help reduce the sort of social problems that arose when high schoolers had nothing to do, Ben Wohlfiel said.

“Youth are the next generation of this town,” he said.

“It gives us an idea of what’s going on, then young people as they get older can step up into actual roles at the council.”

But Hannah Smith wondered why a youth council was needed when the council already had a youth advisory committee (YAC), a less formal group which gave advice on all matters relevant to people under the age of 25.

“I’m a bit confused about why we need another one … but I’ll support anything that allows youth to have more say in the community,” she said.

“Obviously youth have asked for this, and maybe it’s a good thing for people who want to take that (formal) direction, but maybe for some people the YAC would be better.”

Either way, the new youth council would need to be given time to flourish, Genevieve said.

She said a similar body in the Coorong district had vanished after about six months due to a lack of continuity.

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DISORDER IN THE HOUSE: Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis objects loudly to a question from Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.It led to an ugly scene in Question Time in parliament on Tuesday but the dust is far from settling on Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis’s description of the Fair Work Commission’s cuts to weekend penalty rates as a “gift” for young people.
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Labor spokesperson for Gilmore called the comment “insensitive”.

“It showed a complete lack of compassion for young workers in the electorate,” Ms Phillips said.

“We have people out there doing it so tough. Ann Sudmalis should come out and support local workers.”

Ms Phillips said far from being a “gift”, the cuts to penalty rates would impact workers immediately they can came into effect on July 1.

Referring to a McKell Institute report which suggested 6333 workers were employed in the retail sector in Gilmore, she said the penalty rates reduction would have a flow-on effect in the local economy.

“The report estimates it will take $1.9 million out of the local economy,” she said.

Mrs Sudmalis’s comment –and subsequent outburst in Question Time during which she was several times by the Speaker to stop interjecting – led to a flurry of unflattering memes on social media.

More importantly, however, it briefly put a serious local issue on the national agenda.

Defending Mrs Sudmalisyesterday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull acknowledged the high youth unemployment rate in Gilmore. He was followed up on ABC Radio on Wednesday morning by Treasurer Scott Morrison, who also referred to the youth unemployment rate in the Shoalhaven.

Gilmore has been held by the Coalition since 1996 but is now one of the most marginal seats in the country.

Local Liberal Party sources said they were “embarrassed” by the “gift” comment.

POLITICAL MILEAGE: Labor’s Jason Clare posted this on his Facebook page on Tuesday. Twenty hours later it had been shared 1000 times and had attracted 600 comments.

Mrs Sudmalis has been approached for comment.

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